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Someone is trying a novel method of finding a secret fishing spot.

An Ontario fishing professional said a trophy brook trout fishing lake he documented in an Ontario park may now be exposed due to a Freedom of Information request.

Mike Borger and his son fished a small lake deep in the heart of Algonquin Park this spring, and he made a 40-minute video of their incredible trout fishing that was posted on YouTube.

Borger, who usually promotes fishing lodges and outpost camps on his website, did not name the lake.

But someone wanted to know where it was so badly that they made a FOI request to find out where he was fishing.

“I’m going to give him credit, because it was an incredibly smart — underhanded and a little bit devious — but also very smart way to get this information,” Borger told the Canadian Broadcasting Company. “If somebody has a copy of my interior camping permit, which shows which lakes I camped on each night, they can clearly and easily figure out which lake I caught these trophy fish in.”

Borger initially received a five-page letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, detailing the situation and the request, he said.

After voicing his concerns, the ministry told him they would not confirm or deny the existence of his record to the person pursuing it, he said.

There is a process, though, if the requester wants to appeal the decision, Borger said.

Borger first fished the lake around 15 years ago, he said, and did quite well.

“I kind of just have kept it in my back pocket,” he said. “I’ve been busy these last few years. I haven’t had time for a trip of that substance, because frankly, it takes days to get in there and days to get out.”

He went back with his young son to see if it was still good and discovered it was, he said.

“I haven’t told anybody about this lake. I wouldn’t even tell my best friend about this lake,” Borger said.

What’s in a name?

The Atlanta Braves’ Class AAA farm team has a new nickname.

The former Gwinnett Braves, a team located in Atlanta’s sprawling northern suburbs, announced Friday that their new moniker is the Stripers — a tribute to striped bass fishing on Lake Lanier.

The attendance-challenged franchise (Gwinnett averaged only 3,135 fans per game this past season, by far the lowest in Class AAA) decided to change its name to create a distinctive identity and eliminate confusion with its nearby parent club. After input from fans, six finalists were announced in July: Big Mouths, Buttons, Gobblers, Hush Puppies, Lambchops and Sweet Teas.

A selection committee initially decided on Big Mouths — another fishing nickname — as the winner. However, while developing logos and uniforms, officials decided it “was not fitting with the ultimate vision of the team,” according to a statement announcing the new name.

So Stripers it is.

“Gwinnett County is known for offering a wide variety of outdoor activities, including year-round striped bass fishing on Lake Lanier,” said North Johnson, the team’s vice president and general manager. “As the Stripers, we will honor that outdoor tradition while sporting a unique identity that fans across the region can embrace.

“Big Mouths was the inspiration that ultimately led to the Stripers. We felt focusing on the striped bass would better reflect our community, with Lake Lanier known as a premier destination for striped bass fishing and located just a short drive away from Coolray Field.”

He said it

From Dwight Perry of The Seattle Times:

LiAngelo Ball just got a tweet of sympathy from Bluto Blutarsky: “Three months of college down the drain!”

The Cleveland Browns have fired an NFL-high eight general managers this century. In other words, they don’t believe in buying genuine GM parts.

The New York Giants mercifully fired Ben McAdoo last Monday. Or McAdoo apologists prefer to spin it, snapping his streak of 29 consecutive coaching starts.

Quote of the day

“He’s one of the toughest players I’ve played with. He came to the side and got checked and I was told be ready

to go in.”

Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles on injured starter Carson Wentz

Sports on 12/11/2017

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